Thursday, December 8, 2016

Wishing You Happy Birthday

Challenge #72 is up and running at Time Out Challenges, where it's time for a CASE Challenge. This means a special designer has been chosen to share a card to inspire your creation - you CASE it...Copy and Share Everything!

The CASE artist for this challenge is the very talented Kim Heggins of Cupakes, Cards and Kim. Treat yourself to a stroll through Kim's blog. I'm sure you will be inspired. Here is Kim's design for your inspiration for Time Out Challenge #72:

Deepti Aggarwal of Vishesh Collections is the Guest Designer for this challenge. Deepti is incredibly talented and has created a wonderful card from Kim's inspiration piece. You can check out Deepti's wonderful Card on the Time Out Challenge Blog.

Here's my take:

The swirly stems on Kim's flower image brought to mind a set from PTI that is now in their vault - Stitches and Swirls. So I dug into my "vault" and pulled it out. I stamped the largest image in the set with Memento Tuxedo Black on a Neenah Solar White panel, and colored it with Copics. I used Simon Says Stamp "Sending" Wafer Die and "Sending & Wishing" stamp set for the sentiment. I have rediscovered the technique of distressing edges lately, so I did that, and also added clear WOS to the leaves and flowers.. 

Please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog and check out Deepti's creation as well as the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team. See where your creative mind takes you as you come up with your own creation, link up, and play with us.

I am linking my card to The Flower Challenge where the challenge is to use an old stamp or die.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

HLS December Christmas Challenge

Time to play the last Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge of 2016 where the theme is WREATH.

Click HERE to link to the challenge.

This challenge is sponsored by

This is my take.

These days, I am consciously trying to dig way deep into my stash and fish out things that I have never, rarely, or can't remember when or if I used, and combine the old and the new. This card really is a perfect example of combining old things barely or never used, and new things.

OLD: Wreath Wood Mounted Stamp by Inkadinkado. White Flower Soft (Snow), Glossy Accents, Hero Arts Tiny red rhinestones.
NEW: Happy Little Stampers Christmas Joy Stamp Set, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter Distress Mica Spray, Silver Wink Of Stella.

Please put on some Christmas Music, head on over to the Happy Little Stampers December Christmas Challenge, check out the fabulous inspiration the Design Team has for you and play with us! Link up for a chance to win $15.00 to spend in the Happy Little Stampers Shop.

I am also linking this card to:

Kylie Purtell and Friends 12 Days Of Christmas Cards Challenge

Peace On Earth

Game #79 is up at AAA Cards CAS Challenge where the theme is CHRISTMAS.

Our wonderful sponsor is Happy Little Stampers. The winner will receive a $15.00 credit to use at the Happy Little Stampers Store.

Our Guest Designer is Marianne of Marianne's Cards.

Here is my take:

This image and sentiment just about sums it up for me right now in this crazy world we live in. The image is a wood mounted stamp from Hero Arts, colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. The inlaid die cut "peace" is sentiment is from Winnie & Walter's The Big, the Bold and the Merry Cutaways, and the rest of the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter's The Big, the Bold and the Merry Stamps. 

Please head on over to the AAA Cards CAS Challenge Blog, and check out the wonderful inspiration of the Design Team. Leave them some love, make a Christmas creation of your own, link up and play with us. 

I am linking to the following challenges:
Freshly Made Sketches #265

Anything Goes

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Simple Joys

Time Out Challenge #71 is now live, with the theme of:
 CHRISTMAS with the optional Technique Twist of using glitter and/or shimmer.

Our generous sponsored is Uniko Studios. Uniko is offering a prize for the winner and also a random draw from amongst those entries who include the twist. 

We are very pleased that Valentyna of Flourishtina will be joining us as Guest Designer for this challenge, and she will also be back next week for our reminder post.  Valentyna is a wonderfully talented papercraft artist. Please head on over to her blog for some wonderful inspiration.

Here is my take:

This beautiful image and sentiment is from a gorgeous set of Christmas stamps by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy. Marcella is a lovely person, and an incredible artist. You really are in for a treat when you visit her store and her blog

I water colored Marcella's wonderful image with my Zigs, then added lots of clear Wink Of Stella to give it sparkle and shine. I could not, for the life of me, capture that sparkle and shine on camera. I even tried a closeup photo from a different angle. No twinkle to be seen.  Please take my word for it! LOL. Any and all suggestions on a technique that works for this are welcome! 

To finish, I distressed the edged of the water colored panel, and mounted it on SU Brushed Silver card stock (retired).

The Time Out Design Team members have created some awesome pieces for your inspiration.  Please head over to the Time Out Challenge Blog, take a look and leave the DT some love. Then take some Time Out to play with us!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thankful For You

This Thanksgiving card is made from the leftover pieces of the die cuts from the last card I posted. I enjoy using pieces from one project to create something completely different. After I placed the die cut pieces on the left and stamped the sentiment, I gave the card base a good dose of Dreamweaver Gold Embossing Paste. I am loving this embossing paste with Tim Holtz's "Speckles" Layering Stencil these days. I decided to rein in the chaos a little by adding the little strip of patterned paper to the side. This creation is a bit of a mess, but I really like it a lot. It reminds me of me a little bit. LOL. This card is for a dear friend who is a work colleague. She helps me rein myself in when I am a hot mess, so I think it's really perfect for her.

I am linking this one up to the following challenges:

Water Color, Die Cut, Stencil with Embossing Paste, Stamping, Patterned Paper.

Thank you for coming by today.

Enjoy Thanksgiving

I am busy making Thanksgiving cards. I LOVE this season and this holiday above all others. To make this card, I broke out several new things from my stash: Thanksgiving Dies from Paper Smooches, Pretty Pink Posh Window Frames Die, and these beautiful sequins from Lucy's Cards Shop: The Colours of Fall Sparkly Shaker Selection.
I water colored several areas on a large piece of water color paper in autumn colors. I die cut the PS Thanksgiving icons twice - once from Chocolate Chip, and once from the water colored paper, pieced them together and arranged them at the bottom of the Window frames die cut.  I created a shaker using Jennifer McGuire's No-Bulk Shaker Card Technique that you can see HERE. I love it because the sequins stay (relatively) in place rather than all of them falling to the bottom of the shaker. 

The sentiment is an old Hero Arts stamp that I have had forever. I covered up a little smudge next to the sentiment with a little leaf sequin.  I am thankful for little things that let me fix mistakes!!! LOL!

I am linking my card to the following challenges:



Use 3 of something on your project. I used the three dies from the Paper Smooches Thanksgiving Dies set.

I am thankful that you stopped in today. Have a lovely day!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happy Little Stampers New Release Blog Hop!

Exciting things are happening at the Happy Little Stampers Blog!!! Happy Little Stampers owner and Kylie Is Addicted To Stamps blogger Kylie Purtell, has released six fantastic new stamp sets. Several members of the wonderful HLS Design Teams have created cards to inspire you and  show you a variety of inspiration using the stamps from the new release. 

All of these sets are all so wonderful. I chose "Rainy Days" for my blog hop card. I used the masking technique with the clouds and the umbrella, then I masked both images again stamped the SSS raindrops background image with VersaMark ink, embossed it with clear EP then sponged with various distress inks. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment. I love this set and I know I will get lots of use out of it.

By joining us in our our blog hop, you have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the HLS shop! Wow! All you have to do is work your way through the hop list below and comment on each of the blogs. A random winner will be drawn from all those that comment. Make sure you visit ALL of them because that's the only way be assured you are in the draw. You have 1 week (until the 28th of November 12pm AEST) to complete the hop.

If you start somewhere else in the list other than the beginning, don't despair! All the designers will have the list on their personal blogs to make sure you don't miss a thing.

Here is a closer look at the individual sets -




Please join in the fun. The blog hop starts HERE!